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Lenses / Re: 50mm Primes that don't suck wide open?
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:42:22 AM »
I suspect a large percentage of the AF QC complaints are actually related to the challenge of shooting wide open and nailing/keeping the plane of focus where you want. With a Canon L fast prime the gut reaction is "what am I doing wrong", but with a 3rd party fast prime it's "what did the manufacturer do wrong."

I'm sure that is not the only reason (but it might contribute to the Sigma's reputation). I own the Sigma myself, bought it with huge focus shift issues, sent it in for calibration, got it back in much better condition. But still the AF is not that reliable. Sometimes it just fucks up, sometimes it is slightly off in one direction, sometimes in the other.

I shot a Canon 1.4 for one afternoon and had a completely different experience. It was always spot on and I could trust the AF much more. Without any AFMA adjustments.

The Sigma is very useable after the calibration, but there is still a difference to the Canon. That said, I don't like the build quality of the Canon 1.4 and the Sigma has great IQ.

Is 5D3 the new entry level toy? Just wondering...  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:32:54 AM »
Is AFMA even necessary with the new focusing system?

The new focusing system is a live view feature... nothing for daily use. You still need to AFMA your fast lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:46:47 AM »
I heard more details few days ago which I think were quite well informed...

* MA body / weather sealing
* SD card
* $1199

But then they also talked about GPS. No information on AFMA.

I would buy a 70-300L today to replace the 70-200/1.4x combo for this application (I would keep the two optics for other purposes), but the "reversed" placement of its zoom and focus rings puts me off.

Have you actually tried it? I have both lenses and I find it quite easy and instant to switch between both placements. Anyway I love the 70-200/2.8 so much that I accept carrying more size and weight most of the time and my 70-300 gets much less use.

This is also the first Canon white (to my knowledge) that doesn't include the tripod ring with the lens. Again, weird.

As far as I know it is the same for other more lightweight whites, like the 70-200 f/4.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you trust your camera?
« on: May 15, 2013, 06:53:41 AM »
My trust varies very much depending on the lens I use. The 5D3 is working very exact most of the time but with some lenses I do not fully rely on the AF. E.g. I own the Sigma 50 and 85 and both are tricky with nailing the focus point. My favorite is the 70-200 which is spot on nearly 100% of the time.

Lenses / Re: Just bought a new Canon EF 70-300L IS USM lens.
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:01:30 AM »
I also own the 70-300L and the 70-200L 2.8 IS II. I rate the IQ of the 70-200 slightly better and of course the 2.8 is awesome. But it is more of a special purpose lens. You think twice before you take it with you. I would carry the 70-300 with me at any time. It is very compact and light compared to the other zoom. Enjoy it!  :)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:04:05 AM »
I want to win!  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Asking for 5D III firmware improvements
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:09:41 PM »
1. AF focus speed with Speedlites

Read about this issue before but have not used my Speedlite so far. Just gave it a try now... 5D3 + 16-35L Mk II + 430EX II.

I switched of the light and started to focus in complete darkness with single AF point. At 35mm instant lock at different distances between 0.5 and 4m even with the most outside point. At 16mm the outside point is far away from the assist beam light so of course this does not work. But still instant lock with the center point. As long as the AF point is within the area illuminated by the assist beam I have no problems getting a fast focus lock.

. The import / librairies system with LR is just a useless nightmare to me

i guess you do no keywording?
anyway.... it is obvious that you have NO CLUE AT ALL what a library is usefull for.  ::)

sorting you images into folders will help you nothing if you have thousands of photos and need to search for a motive.... and this is only one example when a database approach comes in handy.

try to find all images with a "ball" on a "beach" and a "sunset" in a 100000 picture collection.
takes me 5 seconds to search all my images for these keywords.

His statement was it is a useless nightmare for him. Maybe you have no clue yourself if you think only your requirements are valid. A library does not give additional features. Everything is possible without, it just takes more time. I don't do keywording myself but it is possible. Of course a database is faster when searching 100000 pictures but that is your requirement, not that of everyone else. I have other use cases that just don't work with a library. Not uneducated or naive, just different.

+1 for Aftershot Pro

The library concept of LR is a no-go for me. Tried it and considered the workflow horrible.  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Used 60D or new 650D/T4i?
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:12:55 PM »
One more hint: with magic lantern, you can select not only one or all af points, but many focus patterns (points to the right, left, top, down, center cross, ...).

Doesn't sound too fancy with only 9 points. ;) But might be a nice feature to have. ML is still on my list to look into. My understanding was that it is mostly useful for video which is not of a big interest for me, but now I am curious. :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Used 60D or new 650D/T4i?
« on: June 11, 2012, 05:28:39 PM »
One more hint for the 60D. If you shoot fast moving scenes, with the multicontroller you can select every AF point with the press of just one button. It is more complicated to switch points on the Rebel and that was my main reason for upgrading.

Software & Accessories / RAW processing for 5D3
« on: April 15, 2012, 07:31:00 PM »
Corel released the final version of Aftershot Pro 1.0.1 that has support for the new 5D3. So another choice to process your 5D3 CR2 files. I already gave it a trial today and it worked like expected.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 delivery starts in Germany
« on: March 30, 2012, 04:53:31 PM »
Just to let the german readers know... Canon started to deliver the 5D3 here. My local dealer told me by mail they will arrive beginning of next week and called me a little bit later to tell me they already received a few. I picked up mine some hours ago.

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